Gloriously witty adaptation of the Broadway musical about Professor Henry Higgins, who takes a bet from Colonel Pickering that he can transform unrefined, dirty Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle into a lady, and fool everyone into thinking she really is one, too! He does, and thus young aristocrat Freddy Eynsford-Hill falls madly in love with her. But when Higgins takes all the credit and forgets to acknowledge her efforts, Eliza angrily leaves him for Freddy, and suddenly Higgins realizes he's grown accustomed to her face and can't really live without it. Written by
Most roadshow film presentations made at that time had an overture recorded especially for the film, meant to be heard while the lights in the theater were still up and the movie screen curtains were still closed. Then, at the end of the overture, the lights would go down and the film would start with what was known as its Main Title music. The overture to the stage version of "My Fair Lady" was longer than the film's opening credits, but Lerner and Loewe apparently still wanted to use it. So, rather than using the typical roadshow format of Overture and Main Title music to get around this, the filmmakers shot the film so that half of the Overture is heard against shots of flowers appearing on the screen; then halfway through the Overture, the lights go down and the opening credits begin. See more »
During the song "Why Can't The English?" Higgins sings 'Arabians learn Arabian with the speed of summer lightning'. Actually, Arabians learn Arabic. See more »
[sounds from crowd, occasionally a word or phrase, indistinct and mostly not associated with a character]
Don't just stand there, Freddy, go and find a cab.
All right, I'll get it, I'll get it.
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In the posters, playbills and the original cast album for the stage version of "My Fair Lady", the credits always read "based on Bernard Shaw's 'Pygmalion' ", letting the audience know what play "My Fair Lady" was actually adapted from. The movie credits simply read "from a play by Bernard Shaw". See more »
I confess- Audrey Hepburn is one of my favorite actresses. so, it is difficult to not love this film. smart, charming, almost touching, full of great performances, it is adorable more than a classic. songs, adaptation, costumes - all is perfect. and each new meeting is a pure delight. sure, hypothesis of Julie Andrews as Eliza is present. but not for long time because Hepburn does a splendid work and the levels of metamorphose of poor young girl in a brilliant lady is credible and fascinating. sure, the axis remains Rex Harrison and this fact is obvious. but , like in case of each good movie, the flavor after its end is essential. in this case it is not only entertainment but drops of special beauty who covers small imperfections and gives a very nice feeling of life joy.
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